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James has gone from climbing near his family home in the Peak District of England to exploring walls and mountains in exotic locations around the globe everywhere from Tazmania to Thailand. His first venture into rock climbing came at the age of 15 and it was soon clear that he was blessed with a naturally elegant climbing style. However, he also had the dedication and commitment to refine and develop that talent and by the age of 19 he was already one of the UK’s brightest climbing stars. James has been scouring the planet for more demanding challenges ever since. 

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The Walk of Life  © Hot Aches Productions

Fri Night Vid James Pearson - The Walk of Life

In 2008, James Pearson made the first ascent of The Walk of Life Dyer's Lookout on the North Devon Coast. The route climbs a direct start to Ian Vickers' Dyer Straits (E8 6c) which was protected by pegs.  At the time Pearson graded the route E12 7...

Sawanabori  © The North Face
Sawanabori  © The North Face

Fri Night Vid Sawanobori - Climbing Waterfalls in Japan

Our Friday Night Video this week is a trip to Japan to climb the country's highest waterfall: Shomyo Falls in Toyama. Sawanobori is the Japanese art of climbing a mountain river to its source, involving scrambling up gullies, ravines and...

Yuji Hirayama and James Pearson discuss the route ahead.  © The North Face
Yuji Hirayama and James Pearson discuss the route ahead.  © The North Face

Article Sawanobori - James Pearson on Climbing Waterfalls in Japan

On Wednesday 20th March, UKC hosted The North Face Speaker Series 'Sawanobori' film launch, featuring TNF athletes James Pearson, Caroline Ciavaldini, Matty Hong, Yuji Hirayama and Toru Nakajima. These athletes weren't climbing rock...

James Pearson: Beyond the Mostest  © James Pearson
James Pearson: Beyond the Mostest  © James Pearson

Video James Pearson: Beyond the Mostest

In November 2017, James Pearson made the first ascent of Power Ranger 5.14 R at Sunset Rocks, Chattanooga, TN. A video has...

James Pearson on Power Ranger 5.14 R  © Pietro Porro/ La Sportiva
James Pearson on Power Ranger 5.14 R  © Pietro Porro/ La Sportiva

News Power Ranger - 5.14 R First Ascent by James Pearson

James Pearson has made the first ascent of a run-out 8c trad line at Sunset Rocks, Chattanooga, TN, which he...

James Pearson makes the first ascent of Le Voyage E10 7a  © Caroline Ciavaldini
James Pearson makes the first ascent of Le Voyage E10 7a  © Caroline Ciavaldini

Fri Night Vid James Pearson E10 at Annot

Back in May, we reported that James Pearson had made the first ascent of an impressive E10 7a crack line at Annot, in Provence....

James Pearson climbing Rhapsody, E11 7a  © Chris Prescott/ Hot Aches Productions
James Pearson climbing Rhapsody, E11 7a  © Chris Prescott/ Hot Aches Productions

News Rhapsody E11 7a repeat for James Pearson

Yesterday James Pearson made the fourth ascent of Rhapsody E11 7a at Dumbarton Rock near Glasgow. Having previously tried...

James Pearson on The Jackals, E8 Pembroke  © Wild Country
James Pearson on The Jackals, E8 Pembroke  © Wild Country

Newsflash James Pearson Flashes Pembroke E9

James Pearson on The Jackals, E8 Pembroke  © Wild Country
James Pearson on The Jackals, E8 Pembroke  © Wild Country

Video James Pearson Talks Trad & Flashes E8

James Pearson on Progression - F8c  © Dave Simmonite (still shot from video)
James Pearson on Progression - F8c  © Dave Simmonite (still shot from video)

Video James Pearson - F8c

James relaxing on a Barcelona Rooftop  © James Pearson Collection
James relaxing on a Barcelona Rooftop  © James Pearson Collection

Features Exclusive Interview: James Pearson

James Pearson on the second ascent of Gerty Berwick at Ilkley  © David Simmonite
James Pearson on the second ascent of Gerty Berwick at Ilkley  © David Simmonite

Photo James Pearson on Gerty Berwick

Neil Gresham, John Dunne and James Pearson  © Mick Ryan - UKClimbing.com
Neil Gresham, John Dunne and James Pearson  © Mick Ryan - UKClimbing.com

News James Pearson... E12 justification

Landscape photo of Dyers Lookout, Devon  © chris s
Landscape photo of Dyers Lookout, Devon  © chris s

News James Pearson climbs Devon Project - E12 7a

The Cratcliffe Groove Finally Climbed!,  © David Simmonite Photography
The Cratcliffe Groove Finally Climbed!,  © David Simmonite Photography

News James Pearson Climbs Cratcliffe Groove E10 7b


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Reviews from the UKC editorial team

LV shoes group test  © UKC Gear

Performance Rock Shoes - Women's/LV Fit

In this group test we compare nine pairs of performance shoes with a women's / low volume fit. How did they all do...?

Approach shoes group test   © UKC Gear
Approach shoes group test   © UKC Gear

Approach Shoes

Whether you're approaching a mountain crag or out on a scramble or via ferrata, an approach shoe will be lighter and more nimble than a boot, yet more supportive and technically capable than a running shoe. In this group test we check out ten models from big brands.

L5 Ultralight Storm Jacket montage  © John McKenna
L5 Ultralight Storm Jacket montage  © John McKenna

The North Face Summit L5 Ultralight Storm Jacket & Summit L1 Climb Trousers

John McKenna tries this combination of a light shell jacket and softshell trousers on the rainy Scottish hills and crags.

Kaptiva thumb  © Mark Glaister
Kaptiva thumb  © Mark Glaister

La Sportiva Kaptiva Trail Shoes

More than just a trail running shoe, the Kaptiva can cope with most of what the UK hills can throw at it, says Bridget Collier.

...or you could wear it like a giant silver scarf  © UKC Gear
...or you could wear it like a giant silver scarf  © UKC Gear

OutDoor 2019 - Best in Show

We're just back from the annual summer gear-fest that is the OutDoor trade show. Over three long days we saw a lot (and we mean a lot)...

Sport Climbing Harness review  © UKC Gear
Sport Climbing Harness review  © UKC Gear

Lightweight Sport Climbing Harnesses

For a dedicated sport climbing harness you will want something light, comfortable and fairly simple. In this group test...

Trango portrait  © Toby Archer
Trango portrait  © Toby Archer

La Sportiva Trango Tower Extreme GTX

With a lightweight upper and an excellent balance of support and nimble-footedness, the Trango Tower Extreme GTX are superb...


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TNF Belay Parka action  © The North Face

The North Face Summit L6 FUTURELIGHT™ Belay Parka

FUTURELIGHT has been tested extensively for more than 400 continuous days by 15 members of the brand's global athlete team, proven through use in the highest peaks and harshest environments, including the Himalayas' Lhotse and Everest, in temperat...

FL 1  © The North Face
FL 1  © The North Face

The North Face FUTURELIGHT™ - The Technology behind the Innovation

The North Face changed the future of the outerwear industry with the unveiling of FUTURELIGHT™ jackets, pants, and bibs in its Summit Series™, Steep Series™ and Flight Series™ collections. Developed using...

Revo Rope  © Wild Country
Revo Rope  © Wild Country

Wild Country Revo - The first bi-directional belay device with a backup

The first bi-directional belay device with a backup. The Revo makes belaying simple, safe and more intuitive.

OutDoor 2019 - Final Roundup  © UKC
OutDoor 2019 - Final Roundup  © UKC

OutDoor 2019 - Final New Product Roundup

We're just back from the annual summer gear-fest that is the OutDoor trade show. As Europe sweltered in the heat...

OutDoor 2019 - Clothing and Packs  © UKC
OutDoor 2019 - Clothing and Packs  © UKC

OutDoor 2019 - New Clothing and Packs

We're just back from the annual summer gear-fest that is the OutDoor trade show. As Europe sweltered in the heat the...

OutDoor 2019 - Footwear  © UKC
OutDoor 2019 - Footwear  © UKC

OutDoor 2019 - New Climbing Shoes and Footwear

We're just back from the annual summer gear-fest that is the OutDoor trade show. As Europe sweltered in the...

TNF Sawanabori Newsletter 3  © The North Face
TNF Sawanabori Newsletter 3  © The North Face

The North Face Summit L2 Proprius Grid Fleece Hoodie

The only thing that'll work harder than you on the predawn skin is this polartec® power grid™ fleece...